A Star lands on Blackwater
After close to four years Allein Maliksi will have a new team again
Star Hotshots escaped buying Maliksi a birthday present and a cake as the star forward is set to be traded to Blackwater Elite.
In 2011, Allein Maliksi was drafted in the PBA 8th overall by the Barako Bull Energy where he played 19 games or 3 months, until he got traded to Ginebra but his stint with the Barangay also did not last long as he sees himself back with his the team that drafted him after once again being involved in a trade that included five teams and five players.
Allien Maliksi could not find a home early in the PBA and it seemed that the Barako Bull doesn't really want him back as he was moved out again. He found a home with the Hotshots franchise where he played for almost four years.
Allien Maliki's journey in the PBA was not easy and before he got the minutes and recognition, he needed to work hard and prove to all the teams that passed on him that he is truly a keeper.
Star Hotshots was able to nurture and utilize the now 29-year old forward. During his time with the Hotshots, he was able to capture four championships, became an All-Star, a three point shooter and had been a part of the national squad.
Career highlights and awards
4× PBA champion (2013 Governors', 2013-14 Philippine, 2014 Commissioner's, 2014 Governors')
PBA All-Star (2017)
PBA Three-Point Shootout champion (2017)
Maliksi was able to accomplish feats that a lot of players can only dream of, however, we might have seen the last of Allien Maliksi as a Hotshots as he is again part of a trade that will send him and rookie Chris Javier to Blackwater Elite in exchange for BamBam Gamalinda and Kyle Pascual.
The trade is not yet approved by the PBA Commissioner but it is expected to get a nod.
Star Hotshots and Blackwater are both in the middle of the standing and saw themselves needing to make a move in order to hopefully get better results.
Blackwater management is confident that the Prime Maliksi can find his form back with Blackwater and the team is looking to utilize him more than Star Hotshots.